No reports of Indians affected in France 'terror' attack: MEA

New Delhi : The Ministry of External Affairs on Friday said there were no reports of any Indians affected in the terror attack in Nice, France. The Indian embassy in Paris has opened a helpline number: +33-1-40507070.

"Our ambassador in Paris is in touch with the Indian community in Nice. So far no report of any Indians affected. Our embassy in Paris has opened helpline +33-1-40507070," tweeted Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Vikas Swarup.

156 arrive from South Sudan in Thiruvananthapuram

Thiruvananthapuram : One hundred and fifty six persons who were evacuated from South Sudan arrived on a special Indian Air Force C-17 aircraft at the international airport here early on Friday.

Among those rescued included 46 Keralites, two Nepalese nationals, seven women and three children. The remaining passengers hailed from other South Indian states. The Kerala government has made special arrangements for their onward journey.

Probe use of lethal force and ensure protection of human rights in Kashmir: Human Rights Watch

By TCN News,

New York: India should conduct an impartial probe into the use of lethal force by police during the violent protests following the killing of Hizbul commander Burhan Wani in Kashmir and ensure that basic human rights are protected, the Human Rights Watch (HRW) has said in a statement released on Tuesday.

Akbar expected to add heft to Modi's outreach to Gulf region

New Delhi : Veteran journalist-turned-politician M.J. Akbar, who was inducted as Minister of State on Tuesday and given the External Affairs portfolio, is expected to handle India's relations with the Middle East - giving added impetus to the Narendra Modi government's stress on its 'Link West' policy of outreach to the oil-rich Muslim nations.

Akbar, 65, who joined the BJP in 2014, is expected to lend his considerable knowledge of international affairs, especially of the Gulf region, in his handling of India's sensitive relations with the region.

Indo Kuwait Friendship Society organizes Ramdan Ghabqa

By TCN News,

Kuwait: Indo Kuwait Friendship Society (IKFS) organized Ghabqa for galaxy of Kuwaiti, Indian and dignitaries at Ahmad Tower – Fatema Auditorium, Kuwait.

Ghabqa is a local tradition celebrated in the month of Ramadan after Taraweeh prayers. The program was organized on Saturday evening at 10.30 pm. Before starting the main program Sunil Jain, Ambassador of India, came to the venue and graced the event.

Muslim group break Ramadan fast with Irish LGBT community

Dublin : A Muslim group aimed at fostering peace and integration in Ireland has joined members of the country’s LGBT community to break fast during Ramadan, it was reported on Monday.

In an effort to display “true Islamic ideals”, the Irish Muslim Peace & Integration Council invited a whole host of people from outside the faith to share in the spirit of the holy holiday on Saturday.

Fasting is observed from dawn to sunset during Ramadan to display self-restraint and is one of the five pillars of Islam.

Under pressure to retract statement, says Pakistani Hindu scribe

By Aadil Mir

New Delhi/Karachi : A Dalit Hindu reporter working with Pakistan's state-run news agency says he has slipped into depression after facing discrimination from his Muslim boss.

Sharing his ordeal with IANS over telephone from Karachi, Sahib Khan Oad, who works with the Associate Press of Pakistan (APP), said his agony began when his Bureau Chief -- and colleagues -- realised in May that he was not a Muslim but a Hindu, that too a Dalit.

Israel to shut Al-Aqsa mosque site to Jewish visitors

Jerusalem : Israeli police on Tuesday said east Jerusalem's flashpoint, the Al-Aqsa mosque compound, will be closed to Jewish visitors until the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

The move aimed at soothing newly erupted clashes at the site between Palestinian youths and Israeli forces, Xinhua news agency reported.

The decision came on the third day of clashes, which included Palestinians hurling stones and firecrackers and Israeli firing gas cannisters. At least seven Palestinians were injured in the clashes, according to Palestinian medical officials.

Dalit reporter in Pakistan forced to eat separately at workplace

Islamabad : A Hindu reporter in Karachi in Pakistan was forced to drink water from a separate glass at his workplace after his colleagues found out that he belongs to the Scheduled Caste, it was reported on Tuesday.

Sahib Khan Oad, who works as a senior reporter with government news agency, Associated Press of Pakistan, was allegedly barred from drinking water in the same glass and sharing the utensils with other Muslim staff, an Express News report said.

Oad hails from Dadu district, in Sindh province, and has completed his Masters from Quaid-e-Azam University Islamabad.

Women celebrate US Supreme Court ruling on abortion rights

Washington : Thousands of women celebrated the verdict of the US Supreme Court against a controversial Texas abortion law as the greatest victory in the past three decades.

"Today (Monday), women across the nation have had their constitutional rights vindicated," said Nancy Northup, president of the Centre for Reproductive Rights, a lawyer representing the clinics affected by restricted abortion law in Texas.